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Veteran’s life of service continued with Teamsters

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| Friday, September 28, 2012 12:01 a.m.
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Walter Chrzan

When it came to the defense of his country during World War II, Walter Chrzan was the man for the job.

In the three-plus years that he served in the Navy, Mr. Chrzan earned eight battle stars for his participation in the combat zones of northern Africa, the South Pacific and northern Atlantic.

Walter S. “Larry” Chrzan of White Oak, formerly of the Strip District and president of Teamsters Local 30 Federal Credit Union, died on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, in UPMC McKeesport. He was 91.

Mr. Chrzan displayed the same concern for his family and community as he did for his country, said his son, David Chrzan of Butler.

“My sister, Nancy Ann, was disabled at birth,” said Chrzan. “Every Sunday afternoon for over 40 years, my father would visit her at the Allegheny Valley School in Cheswick.” She died in August.

“Dad was also known for trying to find jobs for people who were going through hard times,” Chrzan said. “And, as a union official, he was always trying to improve the lives of the members.”

In 1945, after his discharge from the Navy, Mr. Chrzan worked at Helms Express in the Strip, where he served in numerous positions in Teamsters Local No. 30.

Born and raised in the Strip District, Walter Chrzan was the son of railroader John Chrzan and his wife, Katherine Myjak Chrzan, who emigrated from Poland.

Mr. Chrzan dropped out of Washington Vocational High School in Lawrenceville to help his family by joining the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression.

“Dad was also a member of the nonprofit Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh, an oral history project dedicated to capturing, preserving and sharing the experiences of Pittsburgh-area veterans of all branches of service and eras,” his son said. “Dad recently gave his version of the time he spent in the service.”

In addition to his son, David, Mr. Chrzan is survived by his former wife, Anna M. Stolarski Chrzan of Lawrenceville; a son, Larry Chrzan of Haverton; a daughter, Kathleen Smith of Gibsonia; and a sister, Helen Markovich of New Jersey.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in Walter J. Zalewski Funeral Home, 216 44th Street, Lawrenceville. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Stanislaus Church in the Strip District.

Interment in Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville with military honors will follow.

Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or jvondas@tribweb.com.

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